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Welding with Chocolate - the fusion of fun and engineering

Connect, no.165, March/April 2010, p.1


The BBC reporter was so excited by the 'Welding with Chocolate' experiment on The Welding Institute's stand at the Big Bang Fair that she recorded her Radio 4 Today programme interview next to it, then returned with a camera crew to get right into the action.

Rebecca Morelle wasn't the only one to be attracted by the excitement of welding, as between 11 and 13 March, thousands of budding young engineers tried their skills at fusion welding chocolate box girders and tested them to destruction before eating their broken bridges.

The welding simulator, kindly provided by Lincoln Electric, was an almost equally enthralling attraction, and again thousands of youngsters, and some not so young, pulled on the virtual reality face screen to try their handskills in creating a MAG (GMAW) fillet weld.

Over 22,500 people attended the Big Bang: UK Young Scientists' and Engineers' Fair in Manchester which is thought to be the largest single celebration of science and engineering aimed exclusively at children and young people.

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